Nature of Incident: Suspect Arrested for Attempt Murder
Report Number: RB# 21-154838
Location: 100 block Moonsong Court, Moorpark CA 93021
Date & Time: 11/19/21 @ 9:56 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Moorpark Patrol, East County Major Crimes, Moorpark Detectives, Ventura County Arson Investigators
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, City of Residence Age
(S) Shaka Watkins Transient 33
(V) Adult Male Moorpark 61
(V) Adult Female Moorpark 53
On November 19, 2021, Moorpark Deputies responded to the 100 block of Moonsong Court reference a suspect, Shaka Watkins, trying to light the residence on fire. Watkins was confronted by the adult male victim and a fight ensued in the middle of the street. The adult male victim was knocked to the ground by Watkins and ultimately suffered injuries requiring treatment at a local hospital.
Watkins was detained at the scene and transported to the Moorpark Police Station. During the course of the investigation, it was determined Watkins poured a significant amount of gasoline on the front door and garage door of the residence along with a vehicle associated with the residence. Detectives with the East County Major Crimes Unit, Moorpark Detectives, and Ventura County Arson Investigators arrived to assist in the investigation. Through video surveillance, witness statements, and statements made by Watkins, it was determined Watkins came to the residence, knowing the adult female victim lived at the residence, with the intent to burn the residence down and kill her and anyone inside. The investigation revealed both victims are related to Watkins.
Shaka Watkins was arrested and booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for two counts of attempted murder and two counts of attempted arson. Watkins’s bail was set at $1,500,000.
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Eisenhard #4531
News Release Date: 11/19/2021
Media Follow-Up Contact: John Eisenhard, 805-947-8252, [email protected]
Approved by: Captain Denise Sliva
Booking Photo Release: YES
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).